By Foday Moriba Conteh – 8th August 2019
One of Sierra Leone’s mobile operators, Orange SL on 6th and 7th August, 2019 launched Di real 4G in Kenema and Bo respectively.
Speaking at the launch, the Chief Marketing Officer, Orange SL Alimatou Mbaye disclosed that the launch of Di Real 4G in Kenema and Bo is in fulfillment of their promise to the people of Sierra Leone to connect every town and every village for better communication.
She emphasized that subscribers have been enjoying Di Real 4G experience with the largest mobile network that is more reliable than any other network in Sierra Leone.
She said Orange SL is a Sierra Leonean company and they choose what makes life easy for them. She encouraged consumers to swap their SIMs to Di Real 4G in order to experience the beauty of the service and wished them a wonderful time with Di Real 4G service.
Paramount Chief Saidu M. Kapuwa Marbe IV on behalf of the chiefdom and the people of Kenema City welcomed Orange Sierra Leone to their district, saying that he has been using their network.
He applauded Orange Sierra Leone for the tremendous work they are doing in the country, and that he believes that with the launch of the Di Real 4G it will enhance their internet connectivity in the district.
General Secretary Orange SL Haffie Haffner said the launch of Di Real 4G is in response to what they feel is very important at Orange as they believe in providing access to ICT as it is very important for the socio-economic development of any country.
She disclosed that in 2016 they realized that access to telecom services was limited as they had 55 percent mobile penetration which she said only 55 percent of Sierra Leoneans have access to mobile phones.
And that is why when they took over, she said they found that the network was in bad shape, and in that regard they have so far spent 55 million US dollars to upgrade their network as a company and they have connected 925 main localities for the very first time in the country. She further highlighted that Orange is proposed to spend another 24 million US dollars in expanding their network and establishing new sites and giving some 85% of Sierra Leoneans across the country the opportunity to have quality, faster and cheaper services.
Hon. PC Prince Lappia Boima who officially launched the Di Real 4G in Bo City applauded Orange Sierra Leone for giving job opportunities to young people across the country.
He said that he believes that with Di Real 4G internet it will give more access to internet connectivity in the district. He said with Di Real 4G they will be able to send mails easier.
Regional Police Commander South Kapr S. Kamara (AIG) disclosed that the police have been working tremendously to ensure that they protect lives and properties in that part of the country. Adding that they have been working with Orange in terms of providing security for them when they have their activities in Bo District
He assured participants that that they will continue to provide security in the district and make it the safest place for people in that part of the country.
Director of Audit Risk & Internal Control Alpha S. Bundu disclosed that Orange is committed to connect every part of the country as they are proud to say they cover 41 percent of Africa, adding that they have been working relentlessly in order to expand their network across the country.
He also revealed how they have so far spent 55 million US dollars in order to upgrade their network as a company and he further highlighted their proposed plan of spending 24 million US dollars in expanding their network.
He stated that the launch of Di Real 4G in Kenema and Bo will complement the launch of Orange’s Digital Revolution. This revolution ensures a truly high-speed broadband mobile internet and an unmatched life changing experience in digital communication.
He added that they are very proud as a company to say they have the widest network in Sierra Leone covering 80 percent of the country’s population and connecting 925 main localities for the very first time in the country with thousands of Sierra Leoneans now accessing data, voice and financial services.